15 February 2017

Charm School

I still remember the day I first came across Moda charm packs. It was almost exactly seven years ago; I remember it well because I had just found out that the sweet little bun-in-my-oven was, in fact, a "she." To celebrate, I drove straight from the doctor's office to the quilt shop to pick out fat quarters for my baby girl's quilt. As I was getting ready to check out, I stumbled upon those beautiful little precut stacks of 5'' squares. I had no idea what I would do with them but I could not resist buying a few, just to see what I could make.
I found that playing with 5'' squares was such fun--and that there were endless possibilities with what I could do with them. I used them like building blocks and discovered a whole new world of creativity. I'm happy I finally get to share my love of these 5'' squares with you in my new book Charm School--18 Quilts From 5'' Squares. (It's schedule to be in shops March 1 but I've heard people have already been able to get copies from Amazon.com.)
Charm School - 18 Quilts from 5'' Squares
Even though the precut charm squares were inspiration for my book, it is easy to make other fabric substitutions :) All 18 projects include instructions to use not only precut charm squares, but also fat quarters, scraps, and more!
Charm School
Charm School is intended to be more than just a collection of patterns--each chapter contains a schoolhouse "lesson" or technique to apply to the 5'' squares. Start with the 5'' squares as they are, and gradually learn how to make simple alterations.
The thing I love about simple quilts is the opportunity to let beautiful fabric do the talking. Of course, it doesn't get any simpler than a basic block quilt--my Modern Basic quilt is a project anyone can tackle. By keeping those 5'' squares as is, there is an opportunity to really play around with fabric choice, fabric placement, and the finishing touches to make a bold statement. (Check out that crazy-fabulous custom quilting by Natalia Bonner!)
It was a fun challenge to see what sort of things I could dream up with the most basic of shapes. My Snowfall quilt below was made with just squares and rectangles!
Snowfall quilt
Snowfall quilt by Vanessa Goertzen.
Fabric is Evergreen by BasicGrey for Moda Fabrics.
Quilting by Abby Latimer.
Gradually, we add triangle shapes to our designs. In Scrap Happy (below) triangles are incorporated to form charming little sawtooth stars in the sashing. 
Scrap Happy
Scrap Happy quilt by Vanessa Goertzen.
Fabric is Farmhouse by Joanna Figueroa, Fig Tree & Co. for Moda Fabrics.
Quilting by Abby Latimer
Using the same easy corner triangle method, we see a whole new world of possibilities opens up with quilter basics like snowball blocks and flying geese!
Up Ahead
Up Ahead quilt by Vanessa Goertzen.
Fabric is Fancy & Fabulous by Fancy Pants Designs for Riley Blake Designs.
Quilting by Abby Latimer.

Eventually, this easy corner triangle technique can help us build up to some pretty impressive block designs--Madame Butterfly being a prime example. (I've adapted my Social Butterfly Mini quilt into a full quilt pattern and made it charm-friendly :) Woohoo!)
Madame Butterfly
Madame Butterfly quilt by Vanessa Goertzen.
Fabric scraps include the following Cotton + Steel collections
Honeymoon by Sarah Watts, Lucky Strike by Kimberly Kight,
Paper Bandana by Alexia Abegg, Picnic by Melody Miller,
and Zephyr by Rashida Coleman-Hale.
Quilting by Miriam Rawson.
In another chapter, we examine how to make individual triangle units called half-square triangles. I share my favorite two methods to get them from 5'' squares, as well as my secret to getting them flawless every time.
Rock Star quilt
Rock Star quilt by Vanessa Goertzen
Fabric is Fresh Cut by BasicGrey for Moda Fabrics
Quilting by Vanessa Goertzen

And of course, half-square triangles lead to quarter-square triangles...
Somersault quilt
Somersault quilt by Vanessa Goertzen.
Fabric is Daysail by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics.
Quilting by Abby Latimer.
And finally, we delve into some wonky cuts to mix things up a bit.
Lunchbox quilt
Lunchbox quilt by Vanessa Goertzen.
Fabric is Serenity by Amy Ellis for Moda Fabrics.
Quilting by Abby Latimer.
I hope you've enjoyed this peek. Of course, these are just a few of the quilts--the book contains 18 design totals--I hope you'll pick up a copy to see the rest :) 
As you may imagine, a book is a huge undertaking. I could not have done it without the amazing team at C&T Publishing, my amazing quilters (thank you Abby and Natalia!), or Susan Vaughan who was my second pair of eyes in the editing phase. Thank you for listening to my ideas and giving them wings. And of course, a big thanks to my mom for being an invaluable sounding board and wrangler of children amidst crazy deadlines.

09 February 2017


Leave a little sparkle wherever you go.
Bedazzled Quilt
Here's a little quilt inspired by the sparkle of a diamond. My Bedazzled quilt pattern is in the latest issue of Love of Quilting magazine (March/April 2017 issue). You can find the magazine on newsstands now, but you can also purchase the pattern directly online here.
Bed-Size Quilt Patterns
Fabric is Olive's Flower Market for Moda Fabrics and can be made with 15 fat quarters and yardage of an accent print (I've used the skinny bias stripe in pink from the collection). I quilted this one on my domestic machine using a Bernina stitch #4. 

02 December 2016

Heart & Flower Workshop

I am super excited to announce that I will be teaching a special workshop next month at Thimbles & Threads in Draper, UT. It's about creating shapes using simple techniques. We'll be making heart blocks from my Open Heart pattern, as well as Cottage Blossoms mini quilts. The class will be held January 7, 2017 from 10 am to 5 pm. Sign ups are available on the Thimbles and Threads website here. Hope to see you there!
Thimbles and Threads

23 November 2016

Thanksgiving Pattern Sale 40%

Hey ya'll. Just a quick announcement that I'll be running a Thanksgiving sale in the shop all week long. Get 40% off everything using promo code THANKFUL40 at checkout. (Promo code valid through Monday.)

07 November 2016

Matchy Matchy

Love is in the air. (I'm looking at you, Grunge.) When I was looking for coordinating solids for my Sugar Pie fabric collection, I didn't have much luck with Moda Bella solids this time around. Then I found you, Grunge. We just belong together. 
In case you're new to Grunge, it's a near-solid basic by BasicGrey for Moda. Everyone loves it. There are lots of colors and there are always new ones being added. It's seriously such a great basic. As you may already know, I used Grunge in Pear (30150 152) as the background in my Sugar Cookie quilt. It just adds another level of texture to your projects.
Sugar Cookie pattern by Lella Boutique
Here's the list of the coordinating Grunges by BasicGrey for Moda that work perfectly with my Sugar Pie fabric line shipping in March:
               -30150 72 Sweetie
               -30150 250 Salmon
               -30150 155 Mint
               -30150 163 Grey Couture
               -30150 152 Pear
               -30150 284 Clementine
               -30150 115 Elafin
Coordinating grunges
Now when it comes to thread, you know I'm an Aurifil girl through and through. I was SO delighted to get a sampling of various weights of thread in addition to my usual 50 wt for piecing. (Thanks, Alex!) Pictured is the Aurifil embroidery floss. Aren't they pretty spools?! 
Here is that list of all the coordinating Aurifil colors that coordinate with Sugar Pie fabric--I always recommend 50 weight for piecing, but Aurifil offers a variety of thread weights based on your needs: 
               -2435 (Coral)
               -2437 (Pink)
               -2215 (Orange)
               -6001 (Yellow)
               -2882 (Green)
               -2830 (Aqua)
               -2620 (Grey) 
               -2850 (Teal)

25 October 2016

Sugar Pie

Here's a tasty little collection full of sugar and spice for your fabric pantry. First, mix together sweet posies, whimsical roses, and a pinch of candied lace--all in luscious colors that are good enough to eat. Next, stir in a cup of herringbone, add a dash of love, and mark it with a X. Don't forget sprinkles! Now you are ready to bake up a fresh batch of quilts and other stitched goodies for all the sweethearts in your life.
Sugar Pie fabric by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics. Showing now at International Quilt Market in Houston, TX with a ship date of March 2017. Check out my post about the new quilt patterns here!

Sugar Pie Quilts

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Here's a taste of the quilts I've designed using Sugar Pie fabric. The colors are so luscious and sweet. All of the patterns are now available in PDF or paper in my shop. Just a note that I'll be out of town until November 1 so if you order paper, they will ship when I return :) 
This one is a fun spin on a traditional log cabin sort of block.
Beachcomber quilt by Lella Boutique
Beachcomber can be made with either 1 Jelly Roll or 1 Layer Cake--plus an accent color. (I picked an aqua herringbone print from the collection as my neutral.) I pieced this quilt and then my friend Kaitlyn quilted it with these mesmerizing swirls. Sidenote: If you're looking for a fantastic long arm quilter, she is accepting new clients :)
Smarty Pants FQ
My next quilt pattern is a no brainer! Smarty Pants uses 10 fat quarters and is a cinch to piece. It was quilted by Abby Latimer using a wavy line quilting--I'm guilty of using this pantograph more than any other. I love the simplicity of it!
Smarty Pants
You can't see it super well, but I've used a yellow sprinkle print from the collection as the background print. It just adds a bit of warmth and texture that I really dig. I am dying to make one of these with just boy colors!
Smarty Pants1
Star Crossed
If you're a fan of sawtooth stars, you'll adore Star Crossed. You can use a jelly roll or a layer cake to bake this one up!
Star Crossed1
Here's a closeup of the yummy clamshell quilting by Abby Latimer. I have never done the clamshells before and I have such a crush on them.
Star Crossed
Sugar Cookie quilt
I might be a little partial to the next quilt, Sugar Cookie. This quilt uses 1 charm pack and was given its name because it reminds me of a pink frosted sugar cookie with rainbow sprinkles. This design was just begging for custom quilting by Natalia Bonner. I dropped of the quilt to her and told her to have fun. She certainly did not disappoint, did she?! Just incredible.
Sugar Cookie pattern by Lella Boutique
For the background, I used BasicGrey's Grunge in Pear. I was happy to find that so many grunges coordinate with Sugar Pie. More about that later. Here's an overall shot of Sugar Cookie. It's got a giant barn star quality to it for sure. And one of my favorite things is you can make it with just 1 charm pack!
Sugar Cookie2
Now if you'd like a more traditional version, here's another Sugar Cookie quilt using a yellow sprinkles print for the background fabric. This one was pieced and quilted by my amazingly talented friend and fellow Moda designer, April Rosenthal. (Go check out her pattern shop and beautiful new line, Sweet Marion!) 
Sugar Cookie (2)
The quilting is awesome on this one, it's sort of a sampler of quilting so every square/triangles is different. I squealed practically the whole time I put the binding on as I got to closely examine the details :)
Sugar Cookie4
Well! I'm getting ready to pack all these babies up and get on an airplane to Houston for International Quilt Market. I hope you like Sugar Pie and the new patterns. The fabric ships to ships March 2017 but you can find PDF and paper quilt patterns available in my shop now. Oh and you can get 10% off your entire order when you place it before November 1 and enter the promo code QUILTMARKET at checkout. 
Sugar Cookie5

30 September 2016


dModa Neighborhood Block 4

Blogging two days in a row? This is crazy talk. Welcome to the Moda hood! 
Moda has put together a free house-themed quilt along and assigned all of the designers different house blocks :) It's a free pattern through quilt shops, read more about it here to know how to participate. And of course post your pics and find others on Instagram using the hashtag #ModaBeMyNeighbor.
I was assigned Block #4. Here are the blocks I mocked up using Olive's Flower Market fabric (shipping to shops next month).
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I stitched up all three blocks and decided they were just begging to be made into house-shaped pillows. I think they turned out so cute. There are so many fun variations that could be done with this idea. I was in a rush, but I thought about adding a simple pocket on the back. Sky's the limit!
Moda Neighborhood Block 4